Book thirty-one in 2012 – “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James

If I thought “Fifty Shades of Grey” was good while being poorly written, “Fifty Shades Darker” was a vast improvement. An intense story line with much better writing, this book might just be up there with favorites of the year. That just gave me an idea for the end of the year. A Top Five List? Ten? Anyway, this book had it all.

If the idea of sex in a book turns you off,you won’t like this one any more than the first one. One thing I will say is that while reading this one and now the third, I often think, “oh boy, they’re going at it again” and roll my eyes and zone out. There’s definitely a lot of that but I think we all know that going into these books. “Darker” takes us to knew and frankly terrifying places with this couple. I don’t think I’ve wept so much to a book since “Gone with the Wind’. Did she just compare a “Fifty Shades” book and “Gone with the Wind”? Yes, yes I did. The feelings of raw emotional pain were the same for me.

Christian Grey is seriously effed up, as I said in the review of the first book, and he’s the first to tell you so. But Ana slowly begins to bring him into the light. The changes and growth this man makes in such a short amount of time with Ana is amazing and something I deeply relate to.

There were twists and turns in this book I was not expecting, episodes of tension completely outside the couple’s relationship. I never expected to have my heart pounding in fear for these people but I can assure you I got just as much of a cardio workout as I do when listening to close baseball games.

I am shocked that I have enjoyed these books so much. Enjoyed isn’t even the right word. I’m not sure a proper word exists to describe how they make me feel. These are long books and I’m flying through them. They really did come at a perfect time when my body needed to rest. If anything was going to keep me on the couch, it was these books. I suppose I can say Christian Grey kept me on the couch. 😉 Who’s blushing? One of you is, admit it. Ro talking about Christian Grey keeping her on the couch?

I’m on the third book now and I’m going to be sad when this trilogy is over. I’m finding that my mind wanders to thoughts of these characters at night when I read my other book. I think I might take this third one more slowly to prolong the inevitable end.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30. “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12
31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.


Filed under 2012 Book List, Audio books

3 Responses to Book thirty-one in 2012 – “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James

  1. I’m taking book 3 slower too, but I’ve got no qualms about rereading these books in the near future. 🙂 But I do plan to move on to Stephen King when I finish book 3, just to dispell any thoughts I got about relationships from this series. 🙂 Glad you’ve enjoyed, and next time remember book reviews don’t always mean a whole lot… listen to your friends. 🙂

  2. As much of a cardio workout as you do when listening to close baseball games? Surely you jest, this *must* be hyperbole!

  3. Ro

    No jesting haha. Despite what everyone thinks about these books just being about sex, the plot goes deep and the characters get into some pretty tense and dangerous situations. It’s like a mystery novel.

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